Idolize is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of idolize, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol
EXAMPLES - Idolize in a Sentence
- We're talking about revolutionaries that idolize Mao. (source)
- Kids play with balls made of rubbish and idolize players. (source)
- It's as wrong to hate money as to idolize it, he suggested. (source)
- And on every magazine, we kind of idolize in a way their unions. (source)
- TOM: So when you were a young kid, who did you idolize at that time? (source)
- All the peer pressure forces them to idolize sports stars and rappers. (source)
- I like the way Alex pointed out why a lot of people 'idolize' this guy. (source)
- He proposed a story about the kids following the program who "idolize" Pavan. (source)
- It's just incredible that we fought over whether I 'idolize' a comic book character. (source)
- Will you please consider the notion that the market you so idolize is spun off the cliff? (source)
- Like a lot of expat Mormon men, and I hate to admit it, I kind of idolize Mormon athletes. (source)
- And I idolize, even aspire to be, one who consumes butter only to throw it up moments later. (source)
- To the parents of the children who 'idolize' Miley Cyrus: what exactly are they looking up to? (source)
- We need to demonstrate to youth, who often idolize these athletes, that abuse is reprehensible. (source)
- How about some stories from the ones who don't idolize Obama and slobber all over his every word. (source)
- Why some people are so devoid of meaning in their lives as to idolize her I will never understand. (source)
- If you don't like, love, idolize Russell Brand then you will be bored out of your head at this movie. (source)
- Of course it is scary when people get bombs on airplanes or penetrate the security systems we idolize. (source)
- This view also relativised Tradition, veracity of evolved doctrine, and tended to idolize anything new. (source)
- It's the American influence: the US occupied the Philippines you know, and Filipinos still idolize the US. (source)
- The vast majority of the most well-known pop icons of our generation are hard to idolize, let alone discern. (source)
- You and him are both so full of yourselves and can't stand the idea that everyone doesn't idolize you. inTheShelter, (source)
- Now, when people see fashion spreads with "gorgeous" models, many begin to idolize a naturally unattainable body image. (source)
- A group of moody adolescent boys feels contempt for a disillusioned schoolteacher whom their female sch oolmates idolize. (source)
- As an AIDS activist, it makes me sick to my stomach to see someone engage in this behavior, and then to somehow "idolize" him. (source)
- The public may idolize them, but elite athletes report high levels of both unhappiness and deviant behavior, Carter discovered. (source)
- Thirteen-year-old Sara Edelman says that the message seems more powerful coming from Gaga because She's big and people idolize her. (source)
- And because they want to put somebody down, and they kind of idolize men in a strange way because they failed even in that category. (source)
- They know the history, idolize the champions, and have typically mapped out every nuance of their game play before arriving on the island. (source)
- I give up the Hope that the huge discrepancy between the rich and the poor in this country will disappear and also the Hope that people will idolize capitalism as a false prophet. (source)
- You know, I think it goes -- as I wrote in my column this week, it goes to the character and the integrity of the human being here, Tiger Woods, and why do we idolize people like this? (source)
- A new documentary, The Tillman Story, questions our need to idolize Tillman, and our desire for tidy answers about why he decided to enlist in the Army and what happened the day he died. (source)
- Taken all together, they seem to me to idolize women if distortion there be; and judging from Cornell's corpus of works at Artnet's Artist Works Catalogues, I believe that what may seem to be (source)
- I mean, many Americans on the left idolize single-payer, but the model many of us are looking at (namely, Canada, although France and Germany occasionally come up) grew out of a federal system. (source)
- Members of the general public who idolize bullies like Joe Clark should be asked if the environment he created would be considered acceptable if it were they, or their children, who experienced it. (source)
- Straight guys, who don't actually have sex with other men, tend to have man crushes that are more about idolization than they are about sexual attraction (granted, I just happen to "idolize" Ryan Reynolds 'abs). (source)
- His snapshots of friends commingle with images of tenant protests in Tompkins Square Park, Greenwich Village drag queens and surreptitious shots of museum artworks that Ai came to idolize, like Warhol's "Self-Portrait." (source)
- Instead, we idolize "power-point" presentations that minimize the use of language and, in some foreign policy programs, organize "public diplomacy" courses that overlook, in perhaps too many cases, the importance of classical rhetoric in shaping human discourse. (source)
- And certainly, if LBJ were president right now, there's little doubt that you would still embrace the role of the pathological malcontent with as much eagerness as you do with BHO, so when you idolize someone like LBJ as part of your daily dollop of sneering, it comes off as being especially disingenuous. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "idolize" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 15 synonyms for idolize.
admire, adore, apotheosize, bow down, canonize, deify, dote on, exalt, glorify, look up to, love, put on a pedestal, revere, reverence, venerate
We have 11 antonyms for idolize.
abhor, castigate, condemn, criticize, debase, degrade, despise, detest, hate, humiliate, lower
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of idolize from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To regard with blind admiration or devotion. See Synonyms at revere1.
- (verb-transitive) To worship as an idol.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To make an idol of, or to worship as an idol.
- (verb) To adore excessively; to revere immoderately.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To make an idol of; to pay idolatrous worship to.
- (verb-transitive) To love to excess; to love or reverence to adoration.
- (verb-intransitive) To practice idolatry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To worship as an idol; make an idol of.
- (None) Hence — To reverence immoderately; love or admire to adoration: as, to idolize a hero; to idolize children.
- (None) To practise idol-worship.
- (None) Also spelled idolise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol